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  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience
  • Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience

Douro Wine Region – Hiking Experience

Porto 2 - 10 people 8 days
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Nº people
1 Adult(s)
Adult(s) 840,00 € / each
Extras
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Single supplement 275,00 € / each
Porto-Douro private transfer (3 people) 40,00 € / each
Porto-Douro private transfer (3 people) 70,00 € / each
Wine experiences 90,00 € / each
Half Board 275,00 € / each
Picnic 115,00 € / each
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Offer this experience You must choose between base price or a date range (special seasons). A voucher will be sent to the recipient who will have 6 months to schedule the experience with Portugal by Wine.
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Nº people
2 Adult(s)
Adult(s) 870,00 € / each
Extras
Select Extras
Single supplement 275,00 € / each
Porto-Douro private transfer (3 people) 40,00 € / each
Porto-Douro private transfer (3 people) 70,00 € / each
Wine experiences 90,00 € / each
Half Board 275,00 € / each
Picnic 115,00 € / each
About the Activity
Come and discover the amazing, world-famous winemaking region in the Douro Valley! The first demarcated and controlled winemaking region in the world in 1756, it proudly boasts its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Property. Hike up and down the terraced vineyards that Man built from the schistose rocks from the river up to the tops of the hills, delight in the rich regional cuisine, the olive oil and typical produce, and taste the world-famous Port and Douro wines from the region. During your journey, the magical Douro River will enchant you with breathtaking landscapes, whether you are walking along the riverside or travelling on a river cruiser.

The itinerary begins in Sabrosa, birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan and one of the most emblematic towns in the region.  Walk along trails through superb environments, discover little-known places such as the noble winemaking village of Provesende where you will find the greatest number of manor houses and stately homes in the Douro Region, and Lalim, a stopping place on the Cistercian monks’ wine route.  Pinhão, also on your trip, is a town in the heart of the Douro around which the majority of the finest Port and Douro wine estates are located.  Stroll into the train station and admire the hand painted tiles with which it is decorated. Take a trip on the river on one of the typical boats, the rabelo, on which, in the past, the young wines were shipped downriver to the warehouses in Vila Nova de Gaia, across from Porto. The monumental city of Lamego invites you to discover the local sparkling wine. From there, travelling along the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela, you will arrive near Régua, the capital city of the Alto Douro Region.

The itinerary offers a range of opportunities to discover Port and Douro wines with tastings at several wine estates, as well as a tasting of the excellent olive oil produced in this region at a local producer’s.  A variety of small restaurants invite you to relish the excellent local cuisine and the quality of the produce.

Highlights
  • Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Property, considered one of the 5 best winemaking regions worldwide 
  • Hiking amongst the unique stone terraced vineyards  
  • Provesende, historic village on the hill above the Douro River, rich in culture and unique landscapes 
  • Delightful typical rabelo boat ride on the Douro River, the best way to enjoy the river and the surrounding landscape
  • Accommodation in small hotels or on winemaking and olive oil producing estates 
  • Tastings of Port and Douro wines and locally-produced olive oil 
  • Typical villages tucked among the terraced vineyards above the Douro River, with breathtaking landscapes 
  • Lamego, the Douro Region’s city of monuments
  • Régua, international capital of wine and vines, heart of the Douro Winemaking Region 
  • Traditional local cuisine and handcrafts 
  • Transfers from/to the airport
  • Two difficulty levels available 
Region Douro & Oporto
Duration 8 days
Languages Portuguese, English
Starting time 08:30 hours.
Nº of people Minimum: 2 | Maximum: 10
Meeting point Porto hotels or airport
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This activity includes
Pick-up at the hotel
Accommodation with breakfast
Airport Transfer
GPS with tour itinerary
Boat/Cruise trip
This activity does not include
Meals
Specialized guide
Other expenses not mentioned
Passenger insurance
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Day-by-day

Day 1 – Sabrosa - on the way to the Douro Wine Region and its famous vineyards 
Start your journey with a transfer from Porto airport to Sabrosa, a small town famous as the birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan, the first navigator to circumnavigate the Earth. Discover the natural beauty of this town surrounded by vineyards, one of the gates to the demarcated Douro Wine Region. The vineyards that form the background and the peace and quiet of this town are a sample of what you will expect to enjoy during the rest of your itinerary.

Day 2 – Sabrosa – the essence of the Douro Region with its splendid scenery, vineyards and olive groves 
Begin by walking around Sabrosa on ancient rural roads and tracks. Begin with the houses in the centre of town that give way to a verdant landscape of pine trees and vineyards. You will pass the first quintas, the name given to the wine estates where the vines are grown and where the farmhouse often also houses the winery. The peace and quiet of the place is often sought after as a refuge from the stress of day-to-day life. The view over the waving blanket of lush vineyards in Fermentões is truly breathtaking. The Douro Region begins to reveal its charms!
The optional program offers an opportunity to appreciate the more human and authentic nature of the production of olive oil, with a welcoming visit to the press and tasting at a small local producer’s installations. 

Day 3 – Provesende – village of baroque and neoclassic manor houses 
Leave Sabrosa along rustic stone-paved roads connecting the numerous winemaking quintas.  The vine-covered terraces and their retaining walls were laboriously built by Man by breaking up the schistose stone of the hillsides. The trail magically opens up after the village of Celeirós to reveal the majestic Douro Region landscape: hills covered in lush green vineyards on which the winemakers have painted the names of their properties. Arriving at the superb Monte São Domingos viewpoint, you will discover one of the finest landscapes in the entire region. From there, your journey will end in Provesende, a well-kept historic winemaking village with a wealthy heritage containing the largest number of manor houses in the Douro Region, with impressive baroque and neoclassic facades dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
The bakery and appealing aroma of freshly baked bread from the wood oven and the handcraft shops with locally produced items are just some of the interesting places to explore. 
You will have the option to visit a Port and Douro winemaking estate where you will be welcomed to enjoy special tastings and learn how these famous wines are made.  

Day 4 – Lalim – world famous terraced vineyards and the town of Pinhão 
Today’s hike connects Provesende to Pinhão along a medieval road that will take you down the hillsides to the riverside, always accompanied by the admirable work of Man who built the terraces, stone by stone. Pinhão, considered to be the geographic centre of the Douro Winemaking Region, is the regional headquarters for many of the best-known Port and Douro winemaking firms.  Located between the Douro and the Pinhão rivers, it is one of the most picturesque villages in Portugal. The train station, built at the end of the 19th century and decorated with beautiful hand painted tiles describing life in the region, is especially worthy of a visit.  You will have the option of a visit and tasting of the exceptional wines produced at one of the fascinating wineries.
From Pinhão, take a ride on a typical rabelo boat, identical to the craft that for centuries carried the young Port Wine down the Douro River to the warehouses in Vila Nova de Gaia, across from Porto.  After you disembark, you will be transferred to your final destination of the day, Lalim.  This is a chance to bask in the peace and quiet of this rural town and to renew your energies for what is waiting for you!

Day 5 – Lalim – mountain villages of demons and ancestral traditions 
This day we shall take a circular route up and down hills and valleys, beginning at and returning to Lalim. The entire walk brings you in touch with nature as you cross areas of small farms, pine groves and several picturesque villages with granite-built houses along stone streets. From the highest point of the trail you will delight in the superb views over the land, dotted with multiple small medieval bridges over rivers and streams.  Lazarim is a small village whose stones ooze magic and witchcraft, which can also be seen in the famous wooden masks carved by local craftsmen for the Carnival celebrations, considered the most genuine of their kind in Portugal. These masks represent demons and other supernatural beings, an expression of the ancient cultures that are still alive in the region. A visit to the Iberian Mask Interpretative Centre and a meeting with local craftsmen will be truly memorable!

Day 6 – Lamego, a city of monuments in the Douro Region
It is time to bid farewell to Lalim. Amble along small roads and paths amongst villages, vineyards and vast apple orchards famous for the perfume of their fruit.  At the small local café, ring the bell to call the owner who will welcome you with open arms.  This is where the Cistercian monks produced wine during the 12th century, where they shaped the environment and worked the land, cultivated their vines and created winemaking techniques and traditions that have been handed down to this day.  Here you will find some of the finest Portuguese sparkling wines. Before you reach Lamego, you may wish to choose the option to visit and taste those made in a historic winery. Your final destination, the historic city of Lamego, boasts the richest architectural heritage in the Douro Region.  Dating from the middle ages are the castle, at the top of the city, and most especially the beautiful cathedral with its sumptuous monumental baroque staircase. Climb up the 686 steps surrounded by lush gardens and richly decorated with works of art: statues, obelisks, fountains and handcrafted decorative tile panels.

Day 7 – Cambres, along the Pilgrims’ Way to Santiago de Compostela and historic wineries 
Beginning on the streets of central Lamego, this last trail takes you partly along one of the secular pilgrims’ ways in the interior of Portugal as they make their way to Santiago de Compostela.  Those who travel them today experience life-time challenges, attractions and lessons. Your journey will be accompanied by the impressive environment of vineyards and historic quintas as it was here that the first great vineyards in the winemaking region were planted during the 12th century.  Your goal is Cambres, a town surrounded by a green blanket of vineyards, near Régua, the capital city of the Douro Winemaking Region.  Attractive stone-paved roads take you past famous quintas where you may choose to visit and taste Port and Douro wines in one of the most famous wineries in the region, dating from the 16th century.  Live this last day in your itinerary to the fullest, one that will live on as being memorable for the most fantastic landscapes and wines that Portugal has to offer!

Day 8 – Departure 
Transfer back to Porto Airport.

End of your journey.
Notes
Departure Day: Saturday

Supplement for different departure day: 95 Euros per person (only applies to reservations of 2 to 3 people)

Price for Solo Travellers (1 person): On request

Extra nights in the first accommodation or within the tour require a change to all the logistics. Therefore, applies the supplement for different departure day. For extra nights in Porto, this supplement does not apply.

Included:
- Organization of the program
- Accommodation, 7 nights in double standard room, with breakfast included
- Daily luggage transfer
- Shared Porto airport transfers to the starting point of the tour and from the ending point of the tour to the airport, in a car, van or minibus
- Shared mid-tour transfer: (day 4) Pinhão – Lalim
- River cruise in a rabelo boat on day 4
- Login access to the app where the route is published in digital support, including map, points of interest and route details; the client must download it beforehand to its own smartphone, using it online/offline to guide himself during the journey

Not included:
- Guide (price on request)
- Meals, wine tastings and cooking experiences (optional)
- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Other items not mentioned

Optional:
Wine & Specialties experiences: 90 Euros per person. Includes:
Day 2 – Visit to a small local producer with olive oil tasting, in Sabrosa
Day 3 – Visit with tasting to family-run winery of Douro and Port wines, in Provesende
Day 4 – Visit with tasting to famous elegant winery, in Pinhão
Day 6 – Visit with tasting to sparkling wine winery, in Lamego
Day 7 – Visit with tasting to family-run local Douro and Port wine and olive oil, in Cambres
Note: in total, tasting of 15 wines

Picnic: 115 Euros per person. Includes:
- 6 light meals for lunch during the hiking stages

Half Board: 275 Euros per person. Includes:
- 7 dinners at the accommodations or nearby restaurants, with wine included

Extra private transfer between the airport and Porto´s city centre: 40 Euros up to 3 people, 70 Euros up to 7 people
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